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Double hand transplant man Chris King just can't wait to hold a beer

By Dave Higgens

Published 22/07/2016

The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant feels "whole again" and is looking forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons.

Chris King (57) lost both his hands in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.

He recently become the second person to have a hand transplant at the UK's specialist centre for the operation at Leeds General Infirmary, and the first to have both hands replaced.

Recovering after the surgery, he said: "I couldn't wish for anything better. It's better than a lottery win because you feel whole again."

Mr King, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, added the operation had been a complete success and he already had some movement.

"The hands look absolutely tremendous," he explained. "I can't wait to get all this (the bandages) off and look at them properly."

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